Chairman of Taffer Dynamics Incorporated
Executive Producer and Host of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue
Keynote: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00am
With nearly three decades of hands-on experience, Jon is an award-winning hospitality expert, best-selling author, highly respected management guru and top-rated television personality. His renowned method of management has become the industry gold standard, saving literally thousands of bars and restaurants as proven weekly on his Spike TV series “Bar Rescue.” Season four of “Bar Rescue” was watched by over 71 million viewers this year and season five started in September 2016.
Born in New York, Taffer first entered the hospitality industry while attending college and took a bartending job on the side. That led to a fundamental shift away from his political science major and ultimately his first management job at the late Doug Weston’s legendary West Hollywood bar and music venue, the Troubadour. He went on to manage the iconic Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood before he started consulting and then owned his first bar by 1989. At one point Taffer owned 17 different establishments at the same time.
Chairman of Taffer Dynamics, a world-renowned hospitality consulting and business services firm, Taffer has consulted for over 800 businesses in his career from independents to many Fortune 500 companies. Two-time winner of the Bar Operator of the Year award, as well as Property of the Year, Taffer is one of only six inductees into the Nightclub Hall of Fame and has received the only Legendary Leadership Award in the history of the industry, among myriad other honors.